World AIDS Day

OTTAWA – December 1st
is World AIDS Day and the Green Party of Canada is encouraging the
Government of Canada to put greater resources into the fight against HIV.
 “An estimated 33.3 million people are living with HIV and we all must work
incredibly hard to meet the goal of the UNESCO's Strategy for HIV and Aids of zero
new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths,” said

Green Leader
Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands.

The Green Party is advocating
key steps to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and to better manage
its impacts.  More resources need to be put into harm reduction,
prevention and education efforts directed towards high-risk populations.
 This includes delivery of antiretroviral therapies to HIV-positive drug
users, a marginalized group in Canada which is currently receiving unacceptably
low levels of medical support.  Greens would also like to see Canada
become a world leader in providing low-cost AIDS medicines and medical services for HIV-positive people in third-world countries,
especially the most impacted countries of Africa.

“It is vital that we deliver
effective, non-judgmental prevention and treatment programs both at home and
abroad,” said May.




Rebecca Harrison